Works begins on Liverpool2 Phase 2 port development
Peel Ports Group, owner of the Port of Liverpool, has pressed the button on the second phase of its expansion programme at Liverpool2.
The company is to invest in equipment and port infrastructure works to expand the terminal and introduce further leading-edge port technology solutions.
This latest phase will include the installation of a further three ship to shore cranes (STS) and 10 cantilever rail mounted gantry cranes (CRMG).
These will add to the previous five STS cranes and 12 CRMG cranes installed as part of Phase 1, which was opened in November 2016.
Liverpool2 will have the capacity to manage the unloading of two 380m vessels simultaneously. There will also be additional reefer points installed to allow the terminal to handle even greater quantities of refrigerated containers at the port.
Mark Whitworth, CEO of Peel Ports said: “This is an important step in the development of Liverpool2 and reflects our confidence and our long term commitment to positioning the North of England as a competitive route to international markets and a major port for global trade.
“The development of the project programme is now well underway. We are currently preparing the outline designs and would look to be in a position to appoint construction partners in spring of next year, with a view to commencement of construction shortly after. We anticipate a completion date for Phase 2 in 2019.
Launched in November 2016, Liverpool2 represents a £400m investment that provides a state-of-the-art ocean gateway for international trade to and from the UK.
The deep water facility is capable of accommodating the world’s largest container vessels and connects road, rail and canal networks linking directly to the heart of the UK mainland, accessing a catchment of over 35mn people, almost 58% of the UK’s population.